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tv   The Papers  BBC News  February 13, 2020 10:45pm-11:00pm GMT

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a broom and he has wanted to be a broom sweeping clean in that regard, cancelling holidays — there was a whole narrative in the run—up to brexit day, as i think the decision has been maintained on what to expect from him. is it true that he said he instituted this meeting on 6:30am ona said he instituted this meeting on 6:30am on a friday evening? they all have to be there at 6:30pm on a friday night so nobody dreams of going home early on friday. we can talk about the stuff is if it's just about the personalities involved, like it's all about sajid javid up and down, dominic cummings and these advisers who most people don't care about. but there is something bigger going on here about how downing street controls the rest of the government, which is slightly behind—the—scenes but it is really important. we've typically had different power bases around whitehall, different departments, expertise and those departments saying this it is or isn't a good idea, downing street suggested something... that is how government
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normally works. what dominic cummings is trying to instigate is a much more controlled environment where really what downing street says goes, including the spending at the treasury which is never how a government has worked before. the budget is on 11 march, the other thing to bear in mind. a very clear vision of a white house system which would allow a chancellor to walk at this stage, that's really a very extraordinary state of affairs. there hasn't been a chancellor who hasn't delivered a budget in 50 years. this is really, really strange. nothing but a profoundly radical plan and vision of government would make you do such a thing. do you think the budget will go ahead in a month? we don't know. we asked the prime minister's press secretary this afternoon and he couldn't say for sure that it would. we asked him if the government would
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be sticking to the fiscal rules that set out in the conservative ma nifesto, set out in the conservative manifesto, and again we haven't had confirmation that their will. so that doesn't mean those things will change, but that's quite a big deal if you're a business or finance market wondering when the budget will be, suddenly it all seems to be up will be, suddenly it all seems to be upforgrabs again. will be, suddenly it all seems to be up for grabs again. my guess is it will go ahead because it would look so will go ahead because it would look so chaotic for it not to. but we have a new chancellor who might want to do things differently. let's look at the financial times now. they devote their whole front page to this story and permutations of it. sajid javid walks out in protest overjohnson's treasury power grab. this touches on something you were talking about, jack, as to whether number ten really now wants to keep control of fiscal policy. because in the past, presumably number ten has said they would like to do this, and number ten has said they're not sure they can afford this. downscale that, that check and balance when i'll be there any more. absolutely.
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we know there are those inside downing street, including cummings, who want to see downing street go further in terms of spending, and the number 11 has been telling them there is not enough money. they can invest in infrastructure, but they can't spend a lot on day—to—day spending. now with sajid javid out of of the way, it's possible this new chancellor, who we don't know much about, it might take a different view or might be told to ta ke different view or might be told to take a different view by his boss. it's difficult when delaying the budget in terms of how the numbers look. so we've just had a very bad report in terms of economic growth in the uk, the last three monthly report has shown virtually flatlining gdp. if you throw out the budget further, the office budget response ability, the watchdog that checks the government's maths, will have to deal with the worst growth outlook based on the latest gdp figures. so if you throw the line out further, you're putting more pressure on the fiscal rules. but if
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you try to instigate more spending now, you have to have it run through a fresh set of checks by the watchdog and try to get that through before 11 march. you can get the budget as it is through on 11 march with minimal changes, or you can run the dual risks of having fresh calculations done against a worse economic outlook. so it is a real challenge to try to square that. my guess will be the budget goes ahead as planned and broadly as they were planning it to be. but later in the year, the spending review, a longer—term and more important fiscal moment, i would think that is where and we will start to see the implications of what has happened today actually playing out. implications of what has happened today actually playing outlj implications of what has happened today actually playing out. i want you to look down the bottom of the ft. you to look down the bottom of the ft, there's a comment piece from roberts grimsley who has headlined "chaotic exit shows compliance trumps competence in downing
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street." is that a fair assessment of what we've seen today? that's difficult in terms of confidence. if you want to talk about people being numerate, both rishi sunak and sajid javid are former bankers. we switched deutsche bank for goldman in terms of experience. both are millionaires in their own right, so i don't know if we could speak to the literal numeral competence of it, but this point of compliance is certainly very interesting when you have sajid javid coming out and saying in very strong language that he couldn't accept the job on the terms it was offered, and broaden that out to say what self—respecting minister could accept the job on the terms it was offered? that gives the point about compliance more have to stop by i suppose it might also be a reference to the northern ireland secretary, julian smith, who was also dismissed today, wasn't he? that's right, the line we've heard from officials in number ten when they've been less than generous about some of the cabinet members, some of whom are now departed
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privately, they keep saying he's not really a team player, not really a tea m really a team player, not really a team player. what that actually means is he doesn't do exactly what we means is he doesn't do exactly what we tell him to. that's what they're trying to say, and they were saying it about some of sajid javid's officials, if not him, and they were saying about julian officials, if not him, and they were saying aboutjulian smith. now smith from a public point of view has done a fabulousjob. from a public point of view has done a fabulous job. he's from a public point of view has done a fabulousjob. he's not been from a public point of view has done a fabulous job. he's not been there long he's broken this agreement, getting these impossible people around the table again and getting them sharing government again. and yet a few weeks after that achievement, standing on the stage and boris johnson achievement, standing on the stage and borisjohnson telling him what a greatjob he done, he's out the door. and again, it's because it seems to be he was someone who was prepared to speak confidently, sometimes in public, to put his own view across about what things are like, what a no deal brags it would mean for the uk and for northern ireland. that seems to have cost him hisjob ——
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ireland. that seems to have cost him his job —— no ireland. that seems to have cost him hisjob —— no deal breaks it. turning to the guardian, brutal johnson titan script ash as sajid javid forced out. also a reference to some of the other people who've lost theirjobs to some of the other people who've lost their jobs yesterday, to some of the other people who've lost theirjobs yesterday, including andrea letson, and jeffrey cox, the attorney general, too. this was the modest reshuffle we were all expecting before the sajid javid bombshell went off, wasn't it? we thought jeffrey cox's resignation letter had lots of nice clients in there, and it was sort of saying, remember that time there, and it was sort of saying, rememberthat timei there, and it was sort of saying, remember that time i really talk you 7 remember that time i really talk you up? that was nice. it's not been straightforward, i think beyond the core trauma of sajid javid, it's not beena core trauma of sajid javid, it's not been a reshuffle without a lot of nuance going on in the background.|j agree. i think compliance competence
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point is interesting when you apply it to the attorney general position. jeffrey cox has an incredible pedigree as a barrister, he knows the laws inside and out. but he was very much an independent voice, said exactly what he thought, he was much more concerned with upholding the laws then pleasing his prime ministers, as theresa may found out. he has been fired and replaced with a much less experienced lawyer and hasn't held a ministerialjob like this before. but she's going to be very grateful to borisjohnson for giving her this cabinet role, and secondly, she will go along with a lot of what he and dominic cummings wa nt to lot of what he and dominic cummings want to do, in terms of legal reform. and that will be about flipping the whims of the supreme court, about reducing the opportunities for use judicial review is to stop the government from doing things, stuff like the court case last year when they tried to prorogue parliament and it was ruled to be unlawful. that won't be
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happening again. i expect she will now be leading the charge against the way that the legal system works ina way the way that the legal system works in a way we've not really seen in this country for a long time. it's interesting, comparing the front pages. the guardian blaming brutal johnson for sajid javid's resignation, the daily mirror is very striking, dominic cummings, the chief adviser to boris johnson very striking, dominic cummings, the chief adviser to borisjohnson — this striking picture of him as a puppet master. the view that the country is now run by a government filled with spineless stooges. it makes you wonder, is the critical thing now that the government ministers need to get on with dominic cummings, this unelected man? there's that aspect, but are we pertaining to that cabinet full of flats? at the end of the day, you
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can argue whether, as jack said, whether it is the personality of cummings or johnson leading whether it is the personality of cummings orjohnson leading the charge. ultimately they come as a pair, and if johnson charge. ultimately they come as a pair, and ifjohnson wanted to get rid of cummings, he conceivably could. someone might be wielding the acts, we may not know which one of them that might be. but the point is it's about ruling the cabinet, making them into yes—men is kind of the argument that's being made here, which is more significant than i think which one of them is more likely. as well, this is a brilliant front page, by the way. this is what tabloid newspapers should look like ona tabloid newspapers should look like on a day—to—day basis. dominic cummings's defence, at the end of the day borisjohnson is in charge, he doesn't have to do any of the stuff, he makes the decisions. secondly, there's a whole other side to dominic cummings. if you talk to cabinet ministers privately, they'll say he's very intelligent, very polite, the image of him that has been created in the press is only
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partly true. and there's a whole other side to a very intelligent guy who's trying to make change. so the character is brilliant, to breed about and talk about, but it's only one side of the story. we've not got much time, but the daily express, boris is the iron man, tightening his grip. that is complete reversal from the mirror. we must leave it there because sadly we are out of timejust for now, there because sadly we are out of time just for now, because that is it for the paper is it for the papers this hour. jack and anna will be back at 11.30pm for another look at the papers. the headlines are coming up at 11pm. stay with us for that. thank you for watching, bye—bye. hello, you will have heard that storm dennis is on the way this weekend, there will be strong winds no one can escape from. concern
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this is bbc news. lam i am rebecca jones. the headlines at 11pm: shock at westminster as sajid javid resigns as chancellor ordered him to sack his entire team of advisers. i don't believe any self—respecting minister would accept such conditions and so therefore i felt the best thing to do was to go. delighted to be appointed, lots to get on with. he was quickly replaced by 39—year—old rishi sunak, his deputy at the tresaury, who's had a meteroic rise. one of the 15 babies whose deaths could have been prevented — families welcome an independent review into maternity services

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